Jewish Customs and Traditions - Ways of Life

permanent exhibition

in short

The Ceremonial Hall of the Burial Society houses the concluding section of part two of the exhibition "Jewish Customs and Traditions". The main theme is that of illness and death. Individual topics are accompanied by examples from the unique series of Prague Burial Society paintings from the 1880s.
Anonymous Artist, Washing the Body, Prague, 1780s. (From the cycle of Prague Burial Society paintings)
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Visitor entrance

Ceremonial Hall
U starého hřbitova 248/3
1 Prague
Czech Republic 

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in detail

The main hall features descriptions and illustrations of assistance provided by the Society to the ill and the dying, ritual washing of the dead, and the burial ceremony. Exhibits worthy of particular note include a pitcher belonging to the Mikulov Burial Society, a number of illuminated manuscripts, and a collection of silver alms boxes. In the next room, focus is placed on Jewish cemeteries and tombstones - exhibits include fragments of tombstones from the 14th century and a wooden tomb structure from 1836.

Another room is devoted to memorial prayers for the dead and engravings and paintings depicting the Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague. The upper-floor room focuses on burial society organization, domestic life and public representation. Noteworthy exhibits include portraits of representatives, a parchment document of the statutes from 1759, a ballot box and beakers used during the annual celebrations of the Burial Society.
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Opening Times

Sun
09:00 - 16:30
Mon
09:00 - 16:30
Tue
09:00 - 16:30
Wed
09:00 - 16:30
Thu
09:00 - 16:30
Fri
09:00 - 16:30
Sat
-
Please notice summer opening times: daily (except saturday) 9.00 - 18.00.
The museum does not open on Jewish holidays.

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